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Thursday, May 3, 2012

Learning Styles

Your brain uses three primary modes for learning.   These modes are the visual, auditory, and kinesthetic.   While everyone uses all three modes, one of them is usually dominant and it is very important to identify which one is your primary method for learning.

Visual people tend to think with pictures.   They see things they are learning, and analyze the pictures to gain deeper insights and understanding.   Visual people also tend to use words that are visual in context like picture, see or image.   They also describe things using visual metaphors like bright or colored.   If you identify with this description than you are probably a visual learner.

Auditory people tend to think by listening to their inner voice.   They think about things using words and phrases, and analyze what they hear to make their decisions.  They often say things like, "are you listening", or "did you hear what I just told you."   They also describe things using auditory metaphors like loud and melodic.  If you identify with this description than you are probably an auditory learner.

Kinesthetic people tend to think base on their feelings.   They need time to connect with ideas at a gut level and tend to use terms like, "how does this feel to you", or "are you comfortable with what I am telling you."   They also describe things using kinesthetic metaphors like comfortable or pleasant.  If you identify with this description than you are probably a kinesthetic learner.

The Importance of Repetition

Regardless of which mode your brain primarily uses to process information, repetition also plays an important role in learning.  Did you know that information must be repeated from 1-20 times before it finally sticks into memory?    Too many individuals rely upon a single pass through a text to lock in critical information.  It is little wonder their success doesn't reflect the amount of time they've invested in learning.   Remember repetition is an important part of learning...repetition is an important part of learning. 

It takes time before your brain can validate information as significant enough to retain. Your brain's main purpose is to find or create patterns that will prove useful to your success and survival. 

Moving From Facts to Understanding

Facts may prove useful on some tests, but don't truly measure your understanding.    Understanding a pattern provides the brain with its true significance.    The limbic system or emotional brain also plays a role in moving from facts to understanding.   It is important that something feel significant or important so your brain will feel compelled to retain the information for later use.

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Howard Stephen Berg Learning Systems LLC
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Suite 102-720
McKinney, TX

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